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Brazil’s supreme court has voted unanimously to allow corruption charges against a key congressional leader in a step that could weaken efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.
Ten justices voted to allow charges against Eduardo Cunha, the head of the lower house of congress, who stands accused of taking at least $5m in bribes involving a contract by state oil company Petrobras. The court’s 11th justice was out of the country during Thursday’s vote.
Under Brazilian law, charges against federal congressmen and other top government officials can only be filed and judged by the supreme court.
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